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Bush Initiative Urges Youths to Buckle Up

May 13, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

The Bush administration announced a nationwide campaign to increase seat-belt use among teens and young adults, the group least likely to buckle up and most likely to die in a traffic crash. The $25-million initiative will combine tougher law enforcement with radio and TV advertisements. Government figures show that nearly 5,900 people ages 16 to 20 died in traffic crashes in 2002. Of the 42,850 traffic deaths in 2002, 60% of the victims did not wear seat belts.

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